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Gatwick Airport (LGW)


Gatwick is located 27 miles (43 km) south of the center of London. There are tourist board information desks in both terminals, located just past the passenger greeting area. Victoria Train Station also has a large London Tourist Board information center.


Taxis are available to London, but if you are going to the center the cost is high and you are at the mercy of the traffic. The fare will be about £70 ($115) Black Cab or £55 mini-cab. (By law, a Black Cab looks the part, plus can be flagged down on the streets; a mini-cab can't be flagged down.) Travel time from 40 to 90 minutes, depending on the traffic. An alternative is Gatwick Airport Cars. You can book one immediately at a stand just before you walk outside the terminal.

There are three choices for train travel, The Gatwick Express, regular trains to Victoria, and the Thameslink to other stations.

By far the best way into London is the Gatwick Express Train. British Rail operates the Gatwick Express to Victoria Station. The walk to the airport rail station in the south terminal is convenient. From the north terminal, take the free shuttle train to the south terminal which drops you off right by the airport rail station. Purchase tickets at the window for about £10 ($17) one-way, with a travel time of 30 minutes. A First Class ticket costs £16 ($26).

There is also regular British Rail service from Gatwick. The fare is a little less than the express, and the trip takes only about 5 minutes longer than the express. If you don't have too much luggage, this will work fine and save you some money.

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All the major car rental firms have counters at Gatwick Airport. If you plan to travel outside the downtown area, a rental car is highly recommended.


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